Five Steps to Having a Great Garden

Whether you are planning to design a whole new garden or upgrade your current one, there are many principles that are essential to both. The old-fashioned way to design your garden is the easiest way to get the best results. Here you will find some tips to plan and design your new amazing garden.

Set Goals

The first step is to decide how your garden should look and what it will be used for. Later you should choose colors, shapes, and plants you want to have in your garden. If you want to grow vegetables, don’t forget to put some flowers there as well to bring more colors and fun. It is very useful to have a rest or dining spot in your garden. However, you should decide where your table, grill, swings, chairs or any other equipment will be put and plan the area in advance.

Site Plan

Make a sketch of your current garden plot and identify what you already have such as stony paths, greenhouses, lawns, plants or trees. This sketch should be very detailed, scaled and accurate. Don’t forget to identify drains, power cables, and similar things. This sketch will help you to figure out what you want to change, what things you need to buy and the things you are going to keep.

Analyze the Site

It is important to indicate all sunny and shady areas of your garden. This may be more difficult as it may take a full year to come up with an accurate analysis. Some plants prefer direct sunlight and others thrive in the shade. If you want to have the blooming garden, this analysis should be very accurate. Don’t forget to include any slopes or undulations that your garden may have, as this will affect the irrigation system and impact the look of your new garden.

Functional Spaces

It’s time to be creative and fill your plan with details and accents. At this stage, your plan will not include individual plants, but ponds, rockeries, and gazebos will be planned. This stage will give you an overall snapshot of dimensions and the general feel to your new garden. The key point is to make your garden cozy for you.

Planting Plan

The final stage is landscaping planning. You should decide what plants you will put and where. You need to put them exactly where they will be situated on your template and draw them to scale for what they will grow into.

A common design fault for many landscape gardens is that of overcrowding. This often leads to paths being obstructed and building obscured. Now your design is completed you can draw up a plant and shrub list to take to your garden. If your template is accurate then you will have a pretty good idea of how much it is going to cost. Don’t forget to enjoy the process and don’t push yourself with strict deadlines because gardening is nothing but relaxation.